Los Alamos County Little League Registration Opens

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STAFF REPORT

Young people ages 4-18 are invited to register for the 2017 Los Alamos County Little League Season. Little League consists of T-Ball for boys and girls 4-7 years old, baseball for boys 7-18 and softball for girls 7 and up. Players are divided into divisions by age.

Registration is $100 ($5 discount for additional siblings). Parents who volunteer receive a $25 refund at the end of the season. Each child receives a regular season uniform.

FREE to first-timers: Little League is anxious to encourage those who haven’t signed up before to do so, so this year the fee will be waived for first time players. Need-based scholarships also are available upon request.

Visit www.lalittleleague.org to sign up and learn all the details about the Little League season. Registration closes Feb. 27. Tryouts take place in mid-March.

According to its website, the goal of Los Alamos County Little League “is to provide children the opportunity to develop, both physically and socially, as well as learn skills specific to the game of baseball and softball.” The site states, “Little League builds self-esteem, introducing and improving teamwork, and allowing all children to have fun. Every child plays in every game in Little League.”

Little League® Baseball began in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1938, when Carl Edwin Stotz, an oil clerk, agreed to a game of catch with his nephews:– Jimmy and Harold “Major” Gehron – who were too young to play organized baseball. Acting on a promise to find a way for children to play baseball like the Major Leaguers of the day, Mr. Stotz created a three-team league that would play on a field that was two-thirds the size of a standard baseball field.

After being turned down by 56 local businesses, Stotz convinced a lumber company, a dairy, and a pretzel maker to sponsor the teams for $30 each. On June 6, 1939, the first Little League game was played at Park Point in Williamsport. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year.

Little League is an all-volunteer organization, and there is an urgent need for parents and others to help out in the Los Alamos County Little League. The following positions are available, among others:

  • COACHES AND MANAGERS, free coaching clinics provided;
  • UMPIRES INCLUDING A  LEAD UMPIRE, free clinics provided;
  • TEAM PARENT;
  • SCORE KEEPER, free training provided;
  • FIELD MAINTENANCE, field prep prior to games, field maintenance; and
  • CONSESSIONS HELP.
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